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  1. We figured we'd need a shed for lawn mowers and garden things. The kids' bikes should fit in the extra depth. Most of the rest of the things in our current garage can go in the attic (Christmas decorations and the like) or in the larger pantry we will have. My biggest worry is just getting in and out of vehicles, so as long as that's good I think we can make it work.
  2. Thank you so much for measuring, Heather! Those are similar dimensions to what we'll be looking at, and your vehicles are comparable in size to ours. I also realized that our sedan almost never has anyone needing to get in on the passenger side, so if we parked it pretty close to the right wall that would allow more door opening space between vehicles and on the van's driver's side. I would have to have realistic storage expectations, but the depth would allow some of that along the back wall.
  3. Hmm. Parking in the driveway regularly isn't going to be an option because I teach violin lessons, and my students will need to park there. It'll be a double garage door, but I need to ask about the width.
  4. We're looking at a house that I really love, but the garage is much smaller than what we're used to (we live near enough to a lake that a lot of people have garages that will fit boats, and we ended up with one of those). The new garage would be 19'7" wide by 23'6" deep, and we would be parking our Honda Odyssey and our Toyota Corolla in there together. Can anyone speak to how well a van and a sedan will fit in this size garage? How frustrating is it going to be to park, to get in and out of vehicles, etc?
  5. The Tea Collection has its $15 and under sale going.
  6. I'm loving... Mystery Science homegrown geography study where we focus on a different country every few months Singapore Math There isn't really anything I'm hating, but I'm having a kind of paradigm shift towards more multisensory history and geography and am trying to figure out what good things to let go of to make room for more of that.
  7. Someone's mention of warranties reminded me... Eyeglasses warranty. I've gotten three new pairs of glasses, and two times were purely results of toddlers mishandling my glasses. Renter's insurance. There was an apartment fire next door during our third year renting. I actually wish we had spent more for an insurance company with better customer satisfaction, but we would have been so much worse off without it. (Our company insisted on smoke damage removal even though we didn't get access to the building for over a week. The smoke smell had set in so badly that it wasn't adequately r
  8. I remember calculating that my sewing machine earned its keep in the first year. I reupholstered a glider that I got off Freecycle for just the cost of fabric -- under $40, and new cushions or cushion covers would have cost $100. And I custom sewed training pants for my 18mo (hard to find size!) that would have cost me $150. Can't remember what the fabric cost, I think $50 or less. Then I hemmed a couple pairs of maternity blue jeans, saved paying someone to hem them (and I wasn't finding shorter inseams with waists that would fit me at that stage). I've also saved money sewing curtains
  9. I visited this school and fell under its spell a bit, too, but I ended up going to a more challenging state school, and I don't regret it. Queen's is awfully expensive, IIRC. It wouldn't have been worth a pile of debt to go there, as lovely as it is. Even with a scholarship, I don't think it would have helped me meet my goals as well as the larger school did. Of course, it depends on your dc's goals. Anyway, my impression when I visited was that Queen's was a good choice for a student who would get lost at a larger school, or for a student who would really make the most of the small sc
  10. I also like the look of Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus, but haven't used it yet.
  11. I think anything with humor and creativity as elements can work well for gifted kids. Horrible Histories, Mad Libs, Rory's Story Cubes, Caught Ya: Grammar with a Giggle (haven't started this one yet). The Project-Based Learning approach could work well for many gifted kids.
  12. BFSU Science As a supplement, we're finding Instant Challenges to be a lot of fun. MindWare Perplexors The Ambleside Online booklist is a great resource for challenging and well-written books, whether you want to follow their program or not. I've had such a hard time finding any curricula that I'm satisfied with for history in the elementary years. Almost everything relies on narration or comprehension questions, but I want to engage my kids at a higher level, spend our time in the top levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. So I'm writing my own challenging questions to go with An Is
  13. I usually advocate for learning with a teacher in these threads. But if you're talking doing this for a short-ish period of time, i.e. a matter of months, and you are prepared to be quite picky about the technique things you do know, and if you are willing to prioritize technique over the introduction of new songs... I would say it could work. Keep in mind that a teacher is very useful for problem-solving when new bad habits pop up or when entrenched ones won't go away, for judging when to introduce new techniques and new music, for balancing the focus on different posture/violin-hold/b
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